Our Science department aims to develop students’ understanding of the scientific process through a broad and exciting curriculum that promotes experimentation, observation and interpretation. We also seek for our curriculum to encourage students to make connections between scientific understanding and the world around them, instilling them with a deep appreciation for science and enduring interest in its applications.
Teaching takes place within our ten well-equipped laboratories, with teachers supported by a highly skilled and experienced team of technicians.
To complement classroom learning, students participate in a range of extracurricular activities which further promote their scientific understanding and appreciation. At Key Stage Three, for instance, we have a dedicated science club, with students also able to participate in a variety of competitions and enriching visits. Meanwhile, at Key Stage Four and beyond, students enjoy an active extra-curricular programme of talks, fieldwork trips, lectures and competitions.
At Key Stage Three, building on their Key Stage Two learning and preparing them for their Key Stage 4 studies, students further develop their science knowledge through the study of topics within biology, chemistry and physics. The main topics studied are cells, ecosystems, evolution, behaviour, particle theory, chemical reactions, separating mixtures, forces, electricity, magnetism and energy. Experiments of increasing complexity are undertaken as students progress through the Key Stage.
At Key Stage Four, all students study science, with students able to follow a Combined Science route or a Triple Science route. Students taking the Combined Science route, study all three sciences and achieve a double grade at the end of their course. While students that elect to study the Triple Science route as one of their options, study all three sciences in more depth and achieve three separate grades.
For more information, please read our Key Stage Four Curriculum Choices booklet.
Ahead of exam season, we have a Year 11 Curriculum Support Timetable in place to further support students in reaching for their potential at GCSE.
At Key Stage Five, we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics as A-Level options to students.
For more information, please read our Sixth Form Course Guide.